3515 Trent Road Suite 9 New Bern, NC 28562

3515 Trent Road Suite 9 New Bern, NC 28562

Cataract Surgery

At Singleton Vision Center we have been performing cataract surgery for
decades. We offer the latest technology and advanced surgical techniques that
provides faster, safer surgery, with excellent results

A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens of your eye, and the leading cause of vision loss in adults 55 and over. The most common cause of cataracts is the result of our natural aging process, however, eye injuries, certain medications, smoking, alcohol, and UV light can also contribute to cataract formation. Cataracts blunt and scatter light as it passes through the lens of the eye. This leads to blurry vision, glare and halos with lights, and poor visual quality, especially in dim light.

Fortunately, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures available. Many people are surprised to find out just how easy and pain-free the surgery can be. Cataract surgery is performed with topical numbing drops and sedation. There are no shots given around the eye.

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Below are some common symptoms that cataracts can cause:

  • Poor vision, including blurry and cloudy vision
  • Poor night driving
  • Glare or halos around lights
  • Altered color perception
  • Inability to read without additional lighting

Your journey to better vision begins with a comprehensive eye exam by one of our experienced surgeons, Dr. Jay Singleton to determine if cataract surgery is right for you. A specially trained technician will assist with obtaining precise measurements of the eyes, to determine the power of the intraocular lens implant that will be used during your surgery. The technician will also review your preoperative and postoperative instructions and answer any questions that you may have. Lastly, you will meet with our surgery coordinator to assist you in scheduling your procedure.

Cataract surgery is performed in 2 key steps:

  1. Cataract removal: Through tiny incisions, the surgeon removes your clouded lens.
  2. Lens insertion: The surgeon replaces your original lens with an intraocular lens

Once cataracts have been removed, they cannot grow back. Postoperative care is provided by Dr. Singleton or Dr. Saurey, with or without the collaboration of your primary eye care provider.

Helping you achieve your goals

Enhancing your vision is our highest priority, and we use the state-of-the-art technology to help you meet your goals. You have choices when selecting which intraocular lens (IOL) you would like to use during your cataract surgery.

Conventional Cataract Surgery

Monofocal lenses are standard cataract replacement lenses, or intraocular lenses. These lenses are generally covered by medical insurance plans and provide exceptional clarity for distance vision, but not necessarily near or intermediate vision. Patients that choose monofocal IOLs would still need to wear glasses, bifocals, or contact lenses after surgery to read or see at near distances. If patients have astigmatism and select a monofocal lens, the astigmatism would also need to be corrected with glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery.

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Advanced Technology Cataract Surgery

For exceptional visual quality, without the dependance on glasses or contacts, many patients elect for advanced technology cataract surgery.

The following premium intraocular lenses are all implanted in combination with advanced technology surgical technique, which includes femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, and may include ORA System® guided technology to allow your surgeon to ensure the IOL is perfectly selected and perfectly placed.

These lenses are designed to help patients reduce their dependance on glasses or contacts after cataract surgery.


Many patient have astigmatism, which requires glasses or contacts to correct. Patients may choose to correct their astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery and decrease their dependance on glasses with a Toric IOL. Toric IOLs provide excellent distance vision, but do not correct near or intermediate vision, so patients may still require reading glasses or bifocal lenses for close-up focusing.


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Multifocal IOLs correct astigmatism and vision at all distances (close, mid-distance, and far vision), and allow many patients to eliminate the need for glasses completely. This is the best option for patients that desire independence from glasses

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Extended depth of focus lenses provide a smooth transition between vision over intermediate to long distances. They can also correct astigmatism. These lenses are best for people who desire clear distance and mid-range vision, and don’t need to do as much close-up focusing throughout their day. They are often referred to as “Dashboard and distance lenses” and are most ideal for people who do a lot of nighttime driving.Learn More

With the Light Adjustable Lens, you will have the unique ability to adjust and preview and adjust your vision after cataract surgery until it meets your personal desires and lifestyle requirements. This optimization is done after lens implantation through a series of quick and painless light treatment procedures. LALs are ideal for patients with history of prior refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, or RK) or patients who desire monovision.